About the NACBT

Welcome to our web site.  We hope that you will find it informative.  The most important point that I hope our site conveys is that the NACBT is for everyone — Professionals seeking to improve their CBT skills, students new to CBT, and lay people wanting to learn how to make the most out of life through rational self-counseling skills.

If you have any questions that our web site does not answer, feel free to contact us using any method you prefer listed in the “Contacts” section of this site.

Mission Statement
The mission of the NACBT is twofold: (1) to promote and support the teaching and practice of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy and to support those professionals and students seeking to practice it, and (2) to set standards for credentialing that enable the general public to be confident that they will receive quality CBT from our certified members.

Organization Background
The National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists was formed in 1995 in Weirton, WV, which is located approximately 35 miles west of Pittsburgh, PA.  The organization was formed, initially, in response to the growing trend of mental health professionals calling themselves “cognitive-behavioral therapists” despite the fact that they had little or no training in CBT.  Therefore, the NACBT set forth standards for credentialing and provides certifications based on those standards.  

The NACBT also began dedicating itself to the support and promotion of cognitive-behavioral therapy and those professionals who practice it.  We quickly gained support from some of the most noted cognitive-behavioral therapists in the world, including Albert Ellis, Ph.D., and  Maxie C. Maultsby, Jr., M.D. A board of advisors was formed and is influential in the decision making of the Association.